TMJ can be treated through a variety of treatment options. If you experience jaw pain, there are ways to diagnose and treat it so you can live peacefully.
If you experience an aching jaw, pain or tenderness in the jaw joints, or pain when chewing, you may have a Temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The most well-known TMD is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. It’s located right beneath the ears on both sides of the face.
Often we can’t tell the exact cause of TMJ. Which can be frustrating for you and for us. However, there are several factors we can look for to see if any apply. Some of the common causes of TMJ can be the erosion of the disk that is between the bones, or the disk can slip out of place. You might also have pain if you have arthritis in the jaw joint. Trauma can also cause damage leading to chronic pain. Some people who grind their teeth at night are more prone to TMJ as are people who have high levels of stress. There may also be a genetic component to TMJ.
At RiverTree Dental and Implants, we will talk you through all the different causes of TMJ and create a specialized care plan for you.
If you have more questions about TMJ Disorder, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.